Local News

  • Safety in the spotlight at rural summit


    Ever wonder how Gadsden County would handle a crisis of the same or worse magnitude as Newtown at Sandy Hook Elementary School or in Dale County, Ala., when a child was taken off the school bus and held hostage for nearly a week?

  • Men accused of asking teen boys for sex

    Two Quincy men, 67 year-old Elijah “Eli” Hall and 41-year-old Kenny Cox, were arrested June 25 on charges of stalking and solicitation for prostitution. 

    According to a report on file with the Quincy Police Department, the incidents leading to the arrests started around mid-June when Hall gave two 17-year-old boys a note with his name and telephone number stating that he needed some help cutting grass. 

  • Soldier celebrates freedom


    Times Intern

    Sgt. 1st Class Clifton Smith has returned from Afghanistan after a nine-month deployment with a Bronze Star Medal. This is his second tour in Afghanistan. Smith received the bronze for displaying “exceptionally meritorious wartime service while serving as the headquarters platoon sergeant in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.”

  • Sheriff shares vehicles with towns

    A decision made seven years ago by Sheriff Morris A. Young turned into an unexpected gain June 24 for police departments in Havana, Midway, Gretna and Quincy.

    “When I took office, 90 percent of our vehicles had high mileage and were not in good shape. We sought out a vehicle lease program, and today we have replenished our entire fleet,” Young told the police chiefs who had gathered in his office to receive the vehicles.

  • Healthy ambition

    During one of their regular meetings to improve the community, people who live in Quincy’s District 4 decided attention to health problems must become a priority. Saturday, June 22, members of the community held their first health fair.

    The event, which lasted from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., drew about 150 men, women and children. It was sponsored by Shaw’s Addition Crime Watch and Community Action Committee.

  • Bang-up events ahead

    There will be no shortage of things to do this Fourth of July in Gadsden County. While the holiday falls in the middle of the work week, event planners are not letting that spoil the fun.

  • Promoting QPD excellence

    “These are two warriors in our agency,” said Quincy Police Chief Walt McNeil, referring to the young men standing at attention in the briefing room of the Quincy Police Department.

    Troy Gilyard Sr. and Robert Mixson Jr., both veteran officers, were about to achieve another milestone in their law enforcement careers. The rank of captain is different in that it carries with it tremendous administrative responsibilities, McNeil said.

  • Man faces murder charge

    Charges against 45-year-old Gregory Harris of Quincy were upgraded to second-degree murder this past week after Glenn Allen Holley, 41, also of Quincy, died from injuries allegedly inflicted by Harris in a May 30 altercation on Valley Drive in Quincy.

  • Criminal history leads to life sentence

    Sylvester Riles, as the old saying goes, went to the well too many times. Riles’ luck and chances ran out on June 13 when Circuit Judge Jon Sjostrom sentenced him to life in prison plus 73 months. 

    In 2012, Riles was found guilty of robbing Whitfield Recycling at gunpoint. In the commission of the crime, he used a handgun he held to the head of the clerk demanding money. The clerk told him there was no money because the business had only been open a few minutes.

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